Those of you who follow me on Instagram might have noticed a couple of recent posts about veganism and anti-racism/anti-oppression. I always encourage my fellow (white) vegans to nurture a habit of humility and learning, and to ensure that our veganism and our advocacy is consistently compassionate and does not sideline or marginalise other humans.
This is so important as veganism becomes more mainstream! And while Black History Month is a great time to shine a light on inspirational vegans of colour, I would encourage you to extend your support all year round.
White veganism more often than not takes centre-stage and it’s so important to regularly remove ourselves from that centre-point and leave the stage open for vegans who represent -or speak authentically on behalf of- oppressed or marginalised communities (e.g. Black vegans, disabled vegans, trans vegans).
It’s also worth saying that your anti-racism work should continue consistently even outside of your vegan activism; my blog focuses on veganism so most of the links I’m providing relate to that directly.
If you can’t afford financial support, then share share away and use your platform to raise up the voices of these creators/educators.
- Find and support your local Black Lives Matter chapter however you can
- Black Vegans Rock
- Dr Amie Breeze Harper (aka Sistah Vegan)
- Also check out Dr Harper’s upcoming webinar exploring the ways in which systemic racism and anti-blackness affect animal advocacy culture in the USA. (I have taken part in this workshop and it’s fantastic!)
- Sanctuary Publishers
- Christopher Sebastian
- Black Feminist Vegan
- Afro Vegan Society
- Grow Where You Are
- Food Empowerment Project
- Genesis for Animals
- The Minimalist Vegan
- Watch 13th on Netflix
- Watch this bite-size video introduction to intersectionality
- Watch this talk given by Christopher Sebastian McJetters on Exploring Connections between Black Liberation & Animal Liberation
- Watch Dr Harper’s presentation: Uprooting White Fragility – Intersectional Anti-Racism in the ‘Post-Racial’ Ethical Foodscape
- Watch this interview with the founder of the Food Empowerment Project
- Watch the presentation of the Vegan Bill of Consistent Anti-Oppression by Julia Feliz Brueck and Carol J Adams
- Here’s Why Black People Don’t Go Vegan
- Three ways Black veganism challenges white supremacy (unlike conventional veganism)
- Afro-Veganism: Revolutionizing the Plate
- The Language of Justice: 10 Words to Use in Vegan Advocacy (and a Few to Avoid)
- Food Justice: A Primer
And finally…. Explore this HUGE digital library of (free!) books, videos, and other media
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